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PowerShot / Re: SX 50 example
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:15:34 PM »
I want to see more please!

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The search for the perfect camera strap system is a bit like the search for the Holy Grail. I've made my way through a number of strap systems and several hundred dollars in the process

1. Original Canon. Let's face it, neck straps are body busters when you're working with two bodies at long events.

2. Spider Pro. I used this for a couple of years with the dual holster belt. It's good, and I still quite like it, but moving all that weight onto my hips was actually giving me sore hips. I could hardly walk back to the car after an all-day track & field meet. Something had to change.

3. CarrySpeed. I loved this at first...but probably because a ton of research had taken me to CarrySpeed & I'd made a big dollar commitment to the entire system, so I had to like it. But sheesh! It really didn't work as advertised. It was bulky, heavy and very fiddly to set up before each job. The double strap was a functional disaster. Don't ever get a double strap whoever sells it. Now they're gone, litigated off the face of the Earth by an aggressively litigious Black Rapid.

4. I had been resisting Black Rapid all the way along. But hell, I gave it a try. Just the one... but I soon went back to the Spider Pro and sore hips. eBay was doing pretty well from my camera strap sales at this point.

5. Go directly to Peak Design. OMG this stuff is good. It's inexpensive. It's simple, light, customizable with flexibility limited only by your imagination. In the context of the OP's question, I use two Peak Design Leash straps slung one each side. Just make sure the heavier of the two (in my case a 1D4 with 70-200 f/2.8isII) on top. Leave the straps a little looser than instinct would tell you. I'm 15 months in now with Peak Design. I thought the narrow straps would cut, but they don't. In any case, they're releasing a wide strap within weeks, the culmination of a Kickstarter project. The quick release Anchors are the heart and soul of this system. They're pure gold especially if you also use your DSLR for video where straps are always in the way. Snap snap and you're strapless.

I've really worked the field on this subject. Peak Design. Check them out. Don't buy a double strap. Ever.

-pw

I bought in on #5...can't wait till the ship. LOOKS LIKE A WINNER TO ME !!!!!!

I went with #5 as well. Hopefully I like it more than the spider holster.

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[urlhttp://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/900550-REG/Holdfast_Gear_mm02_ch_Camera_Harness_Chestnut.html][/url]

this is what i use.well, not that model, but this system. it isn't inexpensive at all, but i find it works well, and looks good. in fact as it ages it only looks better, as opposed to most other things that get dirty and make you look like you are a member of the SWAT team. although you might look like an old school detective or something. anyway, i like it and get positive comments about it at most weddings i work.
 
BTW-it seems all photographers have a closet full of bags and straps that they never use for one reason or another. we should have a swap meet!!

I was looking at that as well, someone else recommended it. It sure looks stylish as all heck. I'm just not liking my BR Dual strap anymore. I wonder if I can return this stuff to amazon if I dont like them ??

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Both the Cinch 2 and the Peak design straps are great, i.e., they prevent the swing problem of the tripod-mounted straps, but they don't provide a solution to mounting directly to the lens satisfactorily when I use my 70-200.

I wonder, how safe is it to carry the 70-200 2.8 mounted to your camera with the camera connected to the strap as the ads show? I mean, the lens is at least twice the weight of the camera!

Well my 70-200 2.8 is just about as heavy as my 1D mark III that its attached to! I was thinking about using the strap on my 5D and the holster on my 1D. Still not sure about going with Spider Holster or Peak Designs.

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The search for the perfect camera strap system is a bit like the search for the Holy Grail. I've made my way through a number of strap systems and several hundred dollars in the process

1. Original Canon. Let's face it, neck straps are body busters when you're working with two bodies at long events.

2. Spider Pro. I used this for a couple of years with the dual holster belt. It's good, and I still quite like it, but moving all that weight onto my hips was actually giving me sore hips. I could hardly walk back to the car after an all-day track & field meet. Something had to change.


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I'm currently using dual BR strap. I've seen few wedding  pros wearing this: http://holdfastgear.com/collections/all/products/money-maker-luxury-leather-multi-camera-strap

It looks good, not sure how comfortable this is.

Thanks for the recomendations I will look at these options as well. Got 2 weddings this weekend. The BR Dual is comfortable as it really spreads the weight and after 8 hours or more I dont really notice it there I just think there might be something different that may work better for me. That money maker leather one really does look sharp though wow, But I bet I wouldnt look at good in it haha.

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Software & Accessories / Camera Strap Black Rapid double alternatives
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:00:18 AM »
I am starting to do many more weddings and I love the idea of the black rapid double that I have but it seems overly dangly and loose. I feel like I always have to hold my cameras when doing anything. I don't know if I'm just being a baby and just not used to it or might there be something better. I love being able to quickly draw either camera and let the other hang but I feel like I always have to baby sit the other camera so it's not swinging around bashing things. I kinda wish it had another strap by my pants belt loops where I could attach something to prevent unwanted movements.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 31, 2014, 09:52:41 PM »
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Well said, DRR!  I visit blogs that are specific to certain types of photography and hear so much animus and ignorance out there.  Crop is all you need, primes rule, natural light is for idiots, L lenses are overpriced, only shoot with L lenses, etc., etc.

Each genre of photography has its own requirements and while any gear can be used, some gear works better than others.  For example, shooting sports with a 3fps camera with limited AF is very difficult, but the same camera can produce amazing portraits.  Large aperture lenses are wasted on landscape photographers, but necessary for sports & wildlife.  A 85L is a horrible choice for most shots other than portraits, but can be used for other things.  The list goes on and on and on....

To argue that any one technology, system, lens, or anything else is perfect (or pointless) is pure ignorance (or blatant commercialism supporting a sponsor).

Now that's well said. Thank you! More people need to think like this, because cameras are tools and many people can use them in many different ways. Some tools are better than others but in the right hands basic tools can accomplish amazing things.

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I've shot in the rain with my 5d2 with a 50mm 1.2 and 580exii mounted no issues. But that was pretty sealed up since all of those items have weather sealing. Guess that's one of the pros to the old 5d2, slightly more robust.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:48:10 PM »
FF...aps-c... Nah, my aps-h 1D mark iii and me are happy as can be!

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS disappointing?
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:36:48 PM »
I would sell both to get the 24-70 2.8 II.


Totally agree, now that's a lens that keeps on impressing.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Sub $1000 27" monitor for photo editing
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:11:04 PM »
The dell U3011. I have a pair of them @ 850$ on a Newegg sale 6 months ago. You should see them drop again by the end of this year but a fantastically accurate monitor and calibrates like a champ.

$850 for a pair? Wow! Time to look at newegg!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:04:28 PM »
Will these cards work with my 1D mark iii? I think my cards are the 60mb/s sandisks

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I today got State Farm to give me 20k gear insurance and liability for my shoots for 335 a year. Allstate quoted me 558 for less coverage. I'm happy with State Farm.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Sub $1000 27" monitor for photo editing
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:35:01 PM »
I bought a Auria 27" 2560x1440 from micro center, I liked it so much I bought 2. Paid 399$ each. I used the spyderpro on them but was very unpleasant with the results. Bought color munki and they now match each other. It's a good monitor from Korea, I think it may have the same insides as the the apple displays. It's a great monitor for a great price.

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